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Diamonds are among the most coveted objects in the world. As gemstones, they are brilliant, rare and symbolic. As a raw material, they are a physicist’s best friend. If you think about certain characteristics of a material — hardness, for example, or ability to conduct heat — diamonds are usually at one extreme end of the spectrum. “It’s surprising that...
Ants genetically engineered to lack their “sense of smell” became unable to communicate, forage or compete to be a queen, as their antennae and brain circuits failed to fully develop. For the first time, researchers successfully shut down a crucial portion of the ant’s olfactory system by using the CRISPR-Cas9 technology. This finding, stemming from a recent study conducted by...
The college experience is vastly different to that of high school. To help prepare students for their transition to ASU, the School of Politics and Global Studies offers the Early Start program . The program allows a select group of students to come to campus two weeks early while learning strategies for succeeding in college. The students also get a...
While clues to treating diseases that ravage the body and mind later in life sometimes appear in early stages of human development, studying a subject’s entire lifespan is neither efficient nor practical. So how can researchers study these early stages to combat diseases that manifest themselves later on? If you guessed through the use of pluripotent stem cells — so...
In 1994, three teenage boys were convicted of the murders of three 8-year-old boys in what would become known as the case of the West Memphis Three. Nearly two decades later, they were released from prison following a decision by the Arkansas Supreme Court regarding newly produced DNA evidence and potential juror misconduct. Evidence from the trial in which jurors...
Science Outside the Lab (SOtL) is an experiential education program designed to teach participants about the relationships between science, policy and societal outcomes in a place where decisions about these important issues are often made — Washington, DC. The program was developed in 2002 by Dan Sarewitz, co-director of ASU’s Washington, D.C.-based think-tank, the Center for Science, Policy and Outcomes...
To catch a serial killer, homicide detectives must quickly and accurately find clues. Trace evidence left at a crime scene may eventually reveal the killer’s presence and identity, but the detectives first have to know what to look for. Like a criminal hiding in plain sight, contagious pathogens spread by capitalizing on the delay between initial infection and telltale symptoms...
Every day, enough sunlight hits the Earth to power the planet many times over — if only we could more efficiently capture all the energy. So scientists have looked at nature for inspiration to do it better. By solving the heart of photosynthesis in a sun-loving, soil-dwelling bacterium, Raimund Fromme’s ASU research team has gained the most fundamental understanding of...
Nancy Grimm , a professor in Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences , has been named a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union . The AGU Fellows program recognizes members who have made exceptional contributions to earth and space sciences. “It is an honor to join such a great group,” Grimm said. “I am thrilled to be recognized for...

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